Weekly Feature

2012-04-18 / Business

Boys and Girls Club win cash, receive honors

Staples Inc., and The Boys & Girls Clubs of America presented a $750 award check to the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Northtowns Torch Club during a ceremony held Tuesday at the Riverdale Avenue club in Tonawanda.

The Torch Club was honored with an oversized check and national recognition for their exceptional work in the nationwide service project titled “Linking Hearts & Hands” — a national initiative from the Boys and Girls Clubs.

Led by Teen Director and Prevention Specialist Gabrielle Mosher, during a six-week period, The Torch Club kids participated in a pen-pal project writing letters to children with disabilities from Community Services for the Developmentally Disabled. The pen-pal project focused on building relationships and new friendships while fostering and promoting acceptance and tolerance.

Torch Clubs are small group clubs within the Boys and Girls Clubs. Designed for the developmental needs of children age 11 to 13, Torch Clubs encourage positive self-esteem and personal growth; build communication skills and foster conscientious citizenship.

Torch Club Awards are presented every year from the national office of the Boys and Girls Clubs of America and Staples Inc., for outstanding programs and activities in the four areas. Club members from all over the country participate.

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